The University of Scranton baseball team could not rally from an early deficit against Keystone on Thursday at Volpe Field, dropping a 9-4 decision in a game that was delayed twice and ultimately shortened by rain.
Keystone (28-8) scored single runs in each of the first two innings and three times in the fifth. But the Royals (18-18) got three in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth to pull within 5-4. But the Giants put the game away with two in the seventh and two in the top of the eighth before the game was delayed for five minutes, then called due to rain before the Royals could come up to bat in the bottom of the eighth. Per NCAA rule, Keystone's runs in the top of the eighth count. The game was also delayed for 45 minutes prior to the first pitch.
Senior outfielder Sean Haveron (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) finished with a single, double and a run scored, and sophomore second baseman Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had a two-run double in the loss.
The Royals return to action on Saturday at Volpe Field when they host Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.